Milling an engraving in glass: how does it work?

Handling the engraver is not that difficult. In addition, the small, handy machines are not even expensive. So why not grab the cutter yourself and use it to engrave glass? We provide you with instructions for milling glass, which can be easily implemented on your own worktable.

Which device is suitable for milling glass?

As already mentioned, there are special handy engravers for glass milling. They are already available from a price of 20 euros in stores or on the Internet. High-quality devices for professional use, however, cost more than 100 euros.

Particularly practical: the individual milling cutters can also be used for metal, wood and plastic by replacing the tool. For particularly hard material and extensive engraving work, the purchase of a diamond stylus offers.

Milling glass: a guide

  • Glass
  • engraver
  • diamond tool
  • drawn or printed template on paper
  • soft cloth

1. Preparations

Thoroughly clean the glass so that it is free of dust and grease. Glue your template on the inside, preferably with the help of Tesastreifen. Then cushion the glass with the soft cloth from the inside to protect it from breaking.

2. Mill lines

Now use a fine tool to mill the outer contours of the motif into the glass, orienting yourself to the glued-on template. If you're not sure about the spin speed, try engraving on a "disposable" glass first.

3. Fill contours

Now you can remove the template again. With a thicker engraving pen, you have the option of filling the pre-drawn contours with different hatchings or also over the entire surface.

4. Postprocessing

Take the cloth out of the glass again and clean your piece of art carefully again.

Tips & Tricks

Metallic glass paste, for example in silver or gold, gives the milled areas a special shine. After milling, work the material after thorough cleaning.

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